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Australian Shepherds are working dogs; however, they can also be loving family companions if their energy and intelligence is appropriately channelled.

  • Origin:

    United States of America

  • Average size:

    Medium

  • Weight Range:

    Males: 18 - 32 kg

    Females: 16 - 29 kg

    Height Range:

    Males: 48 - 58 cm

    Females: 46 - 56 cm

  • Lifespan:

    12 - 15 years

    Bred For:

    They were bred for herding livestock.

  • Characteristics:

    Intelligent, loving, high-spirited and playful.

    Compatibility With Pets/Children:

    Compatible with other dogs as well as children over the age of eight.

  • Health Risks:

    Epilepsy, hereditary eye diseases, deafness, hip dysplasia.

    Grooming Requirements:

    Their coat needs to be brushed once a week and once every day when shedding.

  • Exercise Requirements:

    These dogs are highly energetic and require one hour a day of play and exercise.

    Nutritional Requirements:

    Higher fat content, digestible carbohydrates, starchy vegetables and protein.